7 free things to see in Glasgow

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I was very fortunate to spend several days in Glasgow, Scotland a few weeks ago. While it was very cold, I managed to find a good amount of things to do that cost me nothing. When traveling, I do believe that you can save money. Luckily in Scotland, many of the historical sites are free to the public. I spent my three days there touring the city this way. So without further ado, here are 7 free things to see in Glasgow, Scotland.

7. The Glasgow Necropolis

The Glasgow Necropolis sits up on a hill just above the Glasgow Cathedral. From here, you get some of the best views of the entire city. What’s a Necropolis? It’s a Victorian-era garden cemetery. I don’t know about you, but for me, there’s always something neat and calming about wandering through a cemetery.

Castle St, Glasgow G4 0UZ

Open daily from 7 a.m. to dusk.

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6. Glasgow Cathedral

This place is simply amazing. It is my favorite cathedral that I have ever visited. I love the old gothic architecture and I could simply spend hours inside looking at every little thing. Here is their website.

Castle St, Glasgow G4 0QZ

Summer hours Monday-Saturday 9:30-5:30, Sunday 1-5; Winter hours Monday-Saturday 9:30-4:30, Sunday 1-4:30.

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5. The People’s Palace

This is a great place to start if it’s your first day in Glasgow and you’re just getting a lay of the land, history and culture of the city. This old, historic building is basically a museum of all things Glasgow. It takes you through the history of the city and gives you a look into the culture. Apparently Glasgow used to be ridiculously over crowded. There’s also a nice cafe that’s not super expensive and a nice surrounding park. Here is their website.

Glasgow Green, Glasgow G40 1AT

Closed Monday; Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday, 10-5; Friday and Sunday 11-5

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4. Gallery of Modern Art

This is very easy place to visit because it’s right in the center of Glasgow. Some of these other sites mentioned required either 15 minute walk or a subway ride. This is perfect if you’re already just browsing around. It happened to be open on a Thursday night and so we stopped in for a bit. Here is their website.

Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow G1 3AH

Monday-Wednesday and Saturday, 10-5; Thursday 10-8; Friday and Sunday 11-5

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3. Hunterian Museum

This museum is a part of the University of Glasgow. While it’s not necessarily huge, it’s got some neat things to check out. It is also Scotland’s oldest public museum. They have quite an impressive collection of Roman artifacts. Here is their website.

University of Glasgow, University Ave, Glasgow G12 8QQ

Closed Mondays. Tuesday-Saturday 10-5, Sunday 11-4

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2. Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

Dude this is quite the museum if you’re a museum person. First, the building is just absolutely beautiful. Second, there’s quite a variety of things to do. There are things for kids and adults. There are things about history, Glasgow, science, art, etc. You could easily spend hours in this musuem (and I did, of course). Here is their website.

Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8AG

Monday-Thursday and Saturday 10-5; Friday and Sunday 11-5

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1. University of Glasgow

Did you know that parts of Harry Potter were actually filmed here? I’m sure you HP fans will recognise some of these shots. But yeah … like most college campuses, it’s completely free to just walk around and admire the architecture. And I totally recommend that you do that. Here is their website.

Glasgow G12 8QQ

Not really sure there are particular hours for just viewing the campus as it is a university. Obviously it’s best when it’s daytime.

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I found all of these wonderful free places from People Make Glasgow. The hostel I stayed at had some of their maps sitting on the desk and I took one. It was very informative!

How do you find free things to do when you travel?

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22 Comments

  1. I am a huge Brittain lover and never been to Glasgow. It looks very pretty. Isn”t it wonderful that so many things are for free, also in the UK. The most surprising musea, castle’s. It’s just fantastic.

    1. Wow Nancy! You need to go! And I also need to get to your country too! It’s on my list!

  2. Oh my goodness .. what a beautiful post! I was sucked in the minute I saw the churches. I love everything about old churches. Thank-you so much for sharing

    1. Awesome! I’ll have to do a post about all the churches I’ve seen in Europe at some point! There are so many!

  3. Looks like there’re so many amazing things to see in Glasgow! I’d love to explore the Glasgow Necropolisand Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum!

  4. It’s nice that most are museums. I got used to having to pay for entrance in museums in other places. I think the necropolis is kinda creepy, but cool to go to.

    1. Yeah it really depends on the city for free museums. But it was perfect since I went to Glasgow during the winter. They were the perfect escape from the cold.

  5. I actually cant believe I havent been to Glasgow when its so close to where I live in the North of England. the cathedral and inside of the museum look beautiful architecture!

    1. The great thing about a Scotland trip is that Glasgow and Edinburgh are only an hour apart by bus or train. I think I paid 7 pounds to take a bus between the two. So it’s very easy to see both cities in maybe 4-5 days.

  6. I am a cemeteries fan. It is maybe unusual, but I enjoy serenity and history of cemeteries. I was wonderfully surprised to find out you have put one on your must-see list.

  7. Glasgow is a First place one should visit in Scotland. Its a Great place. Would love to travel there. Your picture redefine the beauty of glasgow

  8. I’m not a museum person, but the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum looks intriguing! I’d love to see that one from the inside 🙂

  9. Thanks so much for the recommendations, Nina! Glasgow is still on my list of places to visit (I’ve been in the UK for 3+ years but I’ve yet to make it to Scotland) so this will definitely come in handy when I finally do go. I’d love to see the Necropolis – it looks beautiful, and the view must be pretty nice from up there, too!

  10. I was about to look up what a “Necropolis” was then I realised you explained it – glad you did! I haven’t heard many things about Glasgow but it looks quite charming… I didn’t know that they filled parts of the HP film at that university. I was wondering why it looked quite familiar! I’ll be sure not to skip Glasgow if I’m ever in the region 🙂

  11. Thank you for sharing this great and free places to visit in Glasgow. Sometimes we can make a really nice visit to a city without spending that much.

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